Yellow Flowers - A Guide to Yellow Flowers

“There is no blue without yellow and orange.” – Vincent Van Gogh
Yellow Flowers

Yellow flowers deliver a note of radiance and sunshine when used in arrangements or bouquets. This yellow flower guide advises you on yellow flower meanings and types and gives an insight on combining these sunny flowers in arrangements.

The yellow color is the ultimate symbol of sunshine. It brings happiness, optimism and joy, producing an effect of warmth and energy.

In Feng Shui, yellow is usually used in kids’ or family rooms, the buttery yellow being the color easiest to live with in large rooms. However, overusing yellow is said to have a disturbing effect. Yellow is said to enhance self esteem, memory and well-being, while stimulating the nervous system and encouraging communication.

In nature, yellow is most often associated to the sunshine, to certain species of yellow flowers such as the sunflower, to citrus fruits and grains. Yellow is traditionally a symbol of hope, being correlated to the yellow ribbons that women wore in times of war to express that they are waiting for their men to come home. However, yellow has negative connotations, being also the color of illness and cowardice.

Yellow flowers shine with enlightenment and happiness. Some of them symbolize hope, optimism and friendship, while other yellow flowers can be a token of jealousy or deceit.

Yellow flowers carry different meanings, according to their type or to the shade of yellow they convey. For instance:

  • A bright yellow flower is an attention grabber.
  • Golden yellow flowers bear the promise of a bright future.
  • A light yellow flower is associated with joy and freshness.
  • Dull yellow flowers usually represent jealousy and sickness.

Yellow flowers are used in arrangements in order to invigorate a duller or neutral palette, as they create an eye-popping effect, attracting attention. While yellow flowers can be used as basic color for flower arrangements, lighter shades of yellow flowers are also appropriate to temper richer or darker colors. Yellow flowers will emerge from the surrounding colors, inducing energy.

Some basic principles of combining yellow flowers with other flowers in arrangements or bouquets are presented:

  • Blue flowers are a perfect match to yellow flowers. Their togetherness creates a high contrast for an eye-catching combination.
  • For a perky mix, try combining yellow flowers and red flowers. This blend of colors will create a sensation of warmth and excitement.
  • Citrus yellow flowers are used in combination with orange flowers in order to realize a fresh, summery arrangement.
  • Yellow flowers in combination with indigo or purple flowers create a psychedelic and sophisticated effect, as these two colors are complementary on the color wheel.
  • For a fall arrangement, yellow flowers should be used in combination with olive green greenery and earthy brown leaves.
  • Yellow flowers can be used with a dash of black flowers in order to create a high-tech apparel, since yellow stands out of all colors when adjacent to black.
  • Be careful when using yellow flowers with light or bright green plants or when using different shades of yellow flowers, since colors too close in value can create a dull and washed out effect.

Because they attract attention, yellow flowers can be used to highlight the most significant details of your wedding. Whether they are used in bridal bouquets, buttoniers or centerpieces, one has to consider both the types of yellow flowers to be used and the shades of yellow which fit best with the rest of the wedding color palette.

The most popular yellow flowers in weddings are: buttery cream roses such as the “Vanilla Sky” variety (especially for bridal bouquets), the bright yellow rose variety called “Sphinx”, oncidium orchids, yellow calla lilies varieties like “Black Magic” and yellow tulips.

The most enchanting yellow flowers that we have selected are:

  • Yellow Rose

    The Yellow Rose is meant to express platonic friendship and joy, while in Germanic culture they are a sign of infidelity and jealousy. In modern days’ floriography, this yellow flower, which comes in various shades of yellow, symbolizes new beginnings.

  • Yellow Orchid

    Symbol of delicacy and distinction, the yellow orchids comprise over 330 species of yellow flowers, the most popular of these being: the Florida orchid, the Dancing-Lady orchid and the Butterfly orchid.

  • Yellow Calla Lily

    Also called Queen Victoria Calla Lily, the yellow calla lily comes in radiant tones of bright yellow and gold. This yellow flower, as all calla lilies are, is a good choice both for weddings and funerals, since it symbolizes birth and resurrection at the same time.

  • Yellow Carnation

    The yellow carnation is the rarest species of carnations. Although yellow suggests sunshine and joy, this yellow flower conveys a message of rejection and of disappointment towards their recipient, when offered as a gift to someone.

  • Yellow Hibiscus

    This bright yellow flower is most commonly known as the official flower of the state of Hawaii, thus the alternative name: Hawaiian Hibiscus. The Yellow Hibiscus is a popular choice for Hawaii wedding bouquets and decorations.

  • Yellow Tulip

    Native from Turkey, the yellow tulip conveys messages of friendship on one hand and of hopeless love on the other. When offered as a gift, this yellow flower says: “There’s sunshine in your smile”.

  • Yellow Daffodil

    Conveying joy and happiness, the yellow daffodil is said to be born, according to the Greek legend, from the vain Narcissus, hence the alternate name. "The sun shines when I'm with you" is the message conveyed by this yellow flower.